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64                                            FLOUA   IMDICA.
raalayan botany would have long ago been established on a
foundation of judiciously collected facts; but unfortunately
his journals, though sufficient to show the ample means at
his disposal, wore not thrown into a shape in which they are
available to scicnfce, nor would it have been possible to give
them such a form without the local knowledge which was lost
with their collector. Other botanists have since traversed the
scenes of M. Jacqucmont's labours, and, more fortunate than
he, have been enabled to reap the well-earned reward of their
exertions; but let it not be forgotten that a foreigner was the
first in the field, and but for his lamented decease, would have
stood iu the very foremost rank of Indian botanists. We are
prpud to say that the Directors of the Jardin de Plautes
(through M. Dccaisnc's good offices) have been so liberal as
to place at our disposal a nearly complete set of these truly
valuable collections, which arc accurately ticketed, so that the
exact localities arc in almost every case easily determined.
Our acquaintance with many of the districts where «Faequo-
moiit travelled, will enable iis to make the best use of this
valuable gift, and to give to his discoveries their well-merited
6. Dr. Roylc's extensive collections of Northern Indian and
Himalayan plants, formed the groundwork of his work already
noticed. A detailed account of the districts investigated by
Dr. Roylc, and by his collectors, will be found in the intro-
duction to that work. These were chiefly the Jumno-(iau-
getie Dcnih, the upper purt of the Gungetio plain, and the
mountains of Garhwul, Sinnur, KjHuuver, and Kashmir. .By
continental authors, Dr. HoyUs's Himalayan plants are occa-
sionally quoted as from Nipa), a mistake which leads to erro-
neous conclusions, and which therefore requires to be guarded
against. The original set of Dr. Uoylc's collections remains
iu his own possession, and he has liberally placed it at our
disposal for examination and comparison with our own. As
th* specimens arc named in accordance with his work, \ut
have been able in every ease to identify thorn, Dr. Kovlr